Category Archives: 4th Grade

Boom, Boom, Ain’t It Great to Be Crazy | Free Easy Piano Sheet Music

Boom, Boom, Ain’t It Great to Be Crazy is a popular kids’ song with silly lyrics and is sometimes accompanied by funny actions. The exact origin of the song has been hard to pinpoint, but the earliest log that was made in the Catalog of Copyright Entries credits the words to Josephine Moore Proffitt and the music to Sidney Lippman. However, in a February 1953 copy of Billboard magazine, a record release has also been listed under Ginny Gibson. The song is believed to have been around and in the public domain for a much longer time before any of these artists decided to create their own version of it and place it under copyright.

In more modern times, the song is popularized as a children’s song mostly because of Barney. Its first appearance in the Barney franchise was in Barney & the Backyard Gang, originally released as a Neiman Marcus exclusive in 1991 but had a wider release in the following year. In Rock with Barney, which is the eighth and final video in the series, the Backyard Gang and Barney are taken to a studio where one of the gang’s mother works. Using their imagination and some props, they set-up a make-believe show complete with commercials. The song Boom, Boom, Ain’t It Great to Be Crazy was the last song performed in the show.

This sheet music is professionally arranged for the beginning piano student by the MakingMusicFun.net staff. You’ll be able to preview and printed the arrangement instantly and use the digital recording for practicing. To make music lessons more affordable, MakingMusicFun.net features MMF Unlimited ($24.95 per year), a subscription plan that gives you unlimited access to their complete library of sheet music arrangements like this one, music flashcards, worksheets, and games. With hundred’s of resources for the elementary music students and teachers on this site, it’s a smart choice for parents of young musicians.

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Boom, Boom, Ain’t It Great to Be Crazy | Easy Piano Sheet Music

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Lyrics for ‘Boom, Boom, Ain’t It Great to Be Crazy’

Boom, boom, ain’t it great to be crazy?
Boom, boom, ain’t it great to be crazy?
Giddy and foolish the whole day through,
Boom, boom, ain’t it great to be crazy?

A horse and a flea and three blind mice,
Sat on a curbstone shooting dice,
The horse he slipped and fell on the flea,
“Whoops,” said the flea, “There’s a horse on me!”

Boom, boom, ain’t it great to be crazy?
Boom, boom, ain’t it great to be crazy?
Giddy and foolish the whole day through,
Boom, boom, ain’t it great to be crazy?

Way down South where bananas grow,
A flea stepped on an elephant’s toe,
The elephant cried, with tears in his eyes,
“Why don’t you pick on someone your own size?”

Boom, boom, ain’t it great to be crazy?
Boom, boom, ain’t it great to be crazy?
Giddy and foolish the whole day through,
Boom, boom, ain’t it great to be crazy?

Way up North where there’s ice and snow,
There lived a penguin and his name was Joe,
He got so tired of black and white,
He wore pink slacks to the dance last night!

Boom, boom, ain’t it great to be crazy?
Boom, boom, ain’t it great to be crazy?
Giddy and foolish the whole day through,
Boom, boom, ain’t it great to be crazy?

Eli, Eli had some socks,
A dollar a pair and a nickel a box,
The more you wear ’em the better they get,
And you put ’em in the water and they don’t get wet!

Boom, boom, ain’t it great to be crazy?
Boom, boom, ain’t it great to be crazy?
Giddy and foolish the whole day through,
Boom, boom, ain’t it great to be crazy?

Called myself on the telephone,
Just to hear that golden tone,
Asked myself out for a date,
Said be ready ’bout half-past eight!

Boom, boom, ain’t it great to be crazy?
Boom, boom, ain’t it great to be crazy?
Giddy and foolish the whole day through,
Boom, boom, ain’t it great to be crazy?

Took myself to the picture show,
Sat myself on the very last row,
Wrapped my arms around my waist,
Got so fresh I slapped my face!

Boom, boom, ain’t it great to be crazy?
Boom, boom, ain’t it great to be crazy?
Giddy and foolish the whole day through,
Boom, boom, ain’t it great to be crazy?

[Alternative verses]

There was an old doctor and his name was Peck.
Fell down the well and broke his neck
Served him right, he was doing wrong.
Should have tended to the sick, and let the well alone.

Johnny, Johnny went out west,
Where he thought the food was best.
Now they lay him down to rest,
With a concrete meatball on his chest.

[Additional verses from the Rock with Barney version]

At the TV studio, we got to play,
used our imagination with Barney all day.
We danced with ducks,
Had fun with fruit,
Then Barney led us in a flag salute.

We got to play, down by the bay,
Made music at an island hideaway.
We “rock and rolled,”
Sang a lullaby,
It was such fun, but it’s time to fly.

Need help learning your rhythms?

Most beginning piano students are still working on understanding the value of each rhythm in their music, so I’m including a few links to helpful printable music theory worksheets, games, and flashcards.

Pirate Quest™ | Basic Music Terms Board Game
Ultimate Music Theory Pack for Kids | Flashcards/Games
Clown Fish | Free Color-Me-Rhythmic Worksheet
It All Adds Up! | Free Music Rhythm Worksheet Four (Dotted Quarter/Quarter/Eighth)
The Rhythm Store™ | Beginner Music Theory Shopping Game

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Down By the Station | Easy Piano Sheet Music

The popular children’s song Down By the Station (which also goes by the title Down at the Station) was written by Lee Ricks and Bulee “Slim” Gaillard in 1948 (though some say a version of the lyrics was already in print in a copy of Recreation magazine in 1931). The most famous recording of the song was by Thomas Francis “Tommy” Dorsey Jr., an American jazz trombonist, conductor, composer, and bandleader during the big band era of music.

Whether done intentionally or unintentionally, the melody of Down by the Station resembles the chorus of Alouette, a folk song commonly sung by French-speaking children in Canada. There are also some similarities with The Itsy-Bitsy Spider.

This sheet music is professionally arranged for the beginning piano student by the MakingMusicFun.net staff. You’ll be able to preview and printed the arrangement instantly and use the digital recording for practicing. To make music lessons more affordable, MakingMusicFun.net features MMF Unlimited ($24.95 per year), a subscription plan that gives you unlimited access to their complete library of sheet music arrangements like this one, music flashcards, worksheets, and games. With hundred’s of resources for the elementary music students and teachers on this site, it’s a smart choice for parents of young musicians.

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Down By the Station | Easy Piano Sheet Music

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Lyrics for ‘Down By the Station’

Down by the station,
Early in the morning,
See the little puffer bellies,
All in a row.

See the engine driver,
Pull the little handle,
Chug, chug, woo, woo,
Off we go!

(Alternate Lyrics for ‘Down by the Station’)

Down by the station
Early in the morning
See the little pufferbellies
All in a row

See the station master
Turn the little handle
Chug chug puff puff
Off they go

Down by the station
Early in the morning
See the shiny train cars
All in a row

Waitin’ to get hitched up
And go on their adventure
Chug chug puff puff
Off they go

Down by the station
Early in the morning
See my favorite engine
Ready to tow

All the other train cars
Will follow on behind him
Chug chug puff puff
Off they go

Down by the station
Early in the morning
Climb on aboard
And hear the whistle blow

Mr. Conductor
Please take my ticket
Chug chug puff puff
Off they go

Down by the station
Early in the morning
See the little pufferbellies
All in a row

See the station master
Turn the little handle
Chug chug puff puff
Off they go

See the station master
Turn the little handle
Chug chug puff puff
Off they go
Chug chug puff puff
Off they go

Need help learning your note names?

Most beginning piano students are still working on their note names, rhythmic values, and music terms, so I’m including a few links to helpful music theory worksheets, games, and flashcards. All of them are printable resources, and a few of them are free.

Let’s Crossword | Bass Clef Note Name Worksheet
Carnegie Hall Park™ | Beginner Music Theory Board Game
Ultimate Music Theory Pack for Kids | Flash Cards and Games

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5 Free Music Lesson Plans for Steady Beat

One of the most important musical concepts that a child must learn is keeping a steady beat. It is a fundamental aspect that is often not given the emphasis it deserves.

What is Steady Beat? Is it the same as Rhythm?

Steady beat (or simply referred to as the beat) is the underlying continuous, even, and repetitive pulse that you feel in a song, rhyme, chant or any piece of music. It remains the same throughout, much like the ticking of a clock.

Most people think that beat and rhythm are the same. However, they are two very different things. In a song, the beat is what we usually feel like clapping our hands, snapping our fingers or tapping our feet to. The rhythm, on the other hand, would be the combination of the short and long sounds of the notes as well as the absence of sound (rests) that occur throughout the music. The lyrics of a song tell us the rhythm by the way the words are arranged.

Why is it important to learn Steady beat?

Humans experience steady beat early on in life. From the moment we were in our mother’s womb, we felt and heard the steady beating of her heart and of our own heart. We are created to respond to a steady beat.

However, even though we have been constantly exposed to steady beat even before we were born, consciously being able to recognize and demonstrate it is not something that happens without practice. That’s why teaching young learners about steady beat early on can be highly beneficial for them. There are many advantages to helping them have a good grasp of this concept, not only in music but in other areas of their life as well.

  1. It helps them develop lower body competency. It also helps them with their sense of coordination and equilibrium. Being able to keep a steady beat in their legs and feet can help a child walk, skip, run or jump easily as well as prepare them for sports activities such as dribbling or shooting a basketball, or other things like dancing.
  2. Aside from their gross motor skills, a child’s fine motor skills (the ability to use a scissor, a whisk, a hammer or any tool in the future) is also enhanced with steady beat competency.
  3. Steady beat can help a child with their reading and language abilities because it teaches them to have a smooth cadence.
  4. Studies have shown that even a child’s math skills can benefit from having the ability to keep a steady beat.

How do I teach kids about Steady Beat?

There are many ways that a child can learn to practice steady beat. It can be taught through aural, visual, and kinesthetic methods. Allowing the kids to see, hear, feel, and move with the beat through various activities makes it possible for everyone to experience steady beat in whatever way they learn best.

Here’s a collection of 5 Music Lesson Plans for Steady Beat that’s jam-packed with fun ideas that can be used in the elementary music classroom. Each one offers instructions for a fully-scripted lesson which teachers who are just starting out may find very helpful because they can simply try doing the lessons as they are written. However, it can also be used as a starting point which more experienced teachers can modify to suit their needs. Keep reading to learn more about these lessons for steady beat.

Entry Kentry | Free Music Lesson Plan

This fast-paced passing game aims to help students demonstrate an ability to keep a steady beat and also enhances their coordination skills.

Little Sally Walker | Free Music Lesson Plan

This is a singing game where students fulfill the first standard in the National Standards for Music by singing alone (and with others) a varied repertoire of music. It is a fun way to develop the ability to follow instructions and introduce the concept of steady beat for kids in elementary grades K-2 through a simple game.

Jump the Hoop | Free Music Lesson Plan

Children can demonstrate their grasp of steady beat through this team-based movement activity. This session also helps them listen to, analyze, and describe music– which is the 6th standard in the National Standards for Music.

Touchdown | Free Music Lesson Plan

This lesson gets students moving and jumping around as they develop their skills in steady beat as well as math. It’s a creative way to engage the students in arithmetic and musical concepts through kinesthetics.

The Wee Little Scare | Free Music Lesson Plan

This music class incorporates the use of a jump rope (a definite favorite among kids), a chant, and a contest to teach kids how to keep a steady beat. Students will get the hands-on opportunity to make music with Orff arrangement, and the activity brings out their naturally competitive nature in an entertaining and educational way.

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Doctor Foster | Free Easy Piano Sheet Music by Mother Goose

The modern form of the English nursery rhyme Doctor Foster was first published in 1844. It is number 19288 in the Roud Folk Song Index. There have been several speculations as to who the rhyme is referring to. Some theories include Doctor Foster being a representation of King Edward I of England, while others believe it is William Laud (Archbishop of Canterbury from 1633 until about 1640), while others still believe it is from an incident that happened to the title character in the Doctor Faustus play by Christopher Marlowe.

This sheet music is professionally arranged for the beginning piano student by the MakingMusicFun.net staff. You’ll be able to preview and printed the arrangement instantly and use the digital recording for practicing. To make music lessons more affordable, MakingMusicFun.net features MMF Unlimited ($24.95 per year), a subscription plan that gives you unlimited access to their complete library of sheet music arrangements like this one, music flashcards, worksheets, and games. With hundred’s of resources for the elementary music students and teachers on this site, it’s a smart choice for parents of young musicians.

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Doctor Foster | Easy Piano Sheet Music

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Lyrics for ‘Doctor Foster’

Doctor Foster went to Gloucester,
In a shower of rain;
He stepped in a puddle,
Right up to his middle,
And never went there again.

Need help learning your rhythms?

Most beginning piano students are still working on understanding the value of each rhythm in their music, so I’m including a few links to helpful printable music theory worksheets, games, and flashcards.

Ultimate Music Theory Pack for Kids | Flashcards/Games
Clown Fish | Free Color-Me-Rhythmic Worksheet
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Pick a Bale of Cotton | Free Easy Piano Sheet Music

The traditional American folk song Pick a Bale of Cotton was first recorded by Huddie William Ledbetter (more popularly known as Lead Belly). It is also categorized as a spiritual or work song. Some of the artists that have done a cover version of the song over the years include Johnny Cash, ABBA, Lonnie Donegan, The Quarrymen, and Harry Belafonte.

This sheet music is professionally arranged for the beginning piano student by the MakingMusicFun.net staff. You’ll be able to preview and printed the arrangement instantly and use the digital recording for practicing. To make music lessons more affordable, MakingMusicFun.net features MMF Unlimited ($24.95 per year), a subscription plan that gives you unlimited access to their complete library of sheet music arrangements like this one, music flashcards, worksheets, and games. With hundred’s of resources for the elementary music students and teachers on this site, it’s a smart choice for parents of young musicians.

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Pick a Bale of Cotton | Easy Piano Sheet Music

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Lyrics for ‘Pick a Bale of Cotton’

Oh, gonna jump down turn around,
Pick a bale of cotton,
Jump down turn around,
Pick a bale a day.

Oh, Lordie pick a bale of cotton,
Oh, Lordie pick a bale a day.
Oh, Lordie pick a bale of cotton,
Oh, Lordie pick a bale a day.

Well, me and my pappy/papa/wife/gal/baby/buddy/pal/partner/friend gonna
Pick a bale of cotton.
Me and my pappy/papa/wife/gal/baby/buddy/pal/partner/friend gonna
Pick a bale a day.

Oh, Lordie pick a bale of cotton,
Oh, Lordie pick a bale a day.
Oh, Lordie pick a bale of cotton,
Oh, Lordie pick a bale a day.

(The song restarts after the 4th verse and replaces “me and my pappy” with “me and my wife”, “me and my buddy”, or “me and my baby” etc. It also starts out at a moderate tempo and gets faster and faster with every round.)

(Optional last verse)
Great God Almighty, I can pick a bale of cotton
Great God Almighty, I can pick a bale a day
I can pick a pick a pick a pick a bale of cotton
I can pick a pick a pick a pick a bale a day

Need help learning your rhythms?

Most beginning piano students are still working on understanding the value of each rhythm in their music, so I’m including a few links to helpful printable music theory worksheets, games, and flashcards.

Joseph and his Coat of Many Colors | Free Color-Me-Rhythmic Worksheet
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Entry Kentry (Mother Goose Nursery Rhyme) | Easy Piano Sheet Music

Entry Kentry is a Mother Goose rhyme composed by Pennsylvania-born Andrew Fling. “Mother Goose rhymes” is a term that emerged around the later part the 18th or early 19th century and is used interchangeably with “nursery rhymes”. These are collections of traditional songs, chants, games, and poems intended for young children. Many argue, however, that they always seem to have hidden meanings behind them or allude to something else completely different from the topic of the rhyme.

The earliest recordings for these rhymes were done during the 16th century in English plays. Prior to that time, they were passed down purely through oral tradition, which made it necessary that the verses were short and/or easy to remember. The most popular rhymes seem to come from the 17th and 18th centuries with the publication of the first English compilation Tommy Thumb’s Song Book happening during that time.

This sheet music is professionally arranged for the beginning piano student by the MakingMusicFun.net staff. You’ll be able to preview and printed the arrangement instantly and use the digital recording for practicing. To make music lessons more affordable, MakingMusicFun.net features MMF Unlimited ($24.95 per year), a subscription plan that gives you unlimited access to their complete library of sheet music arrangements like this one, music flashcards, worksheets, and games. With hundred’s of resources for the elementary music students and teachers on this site, it’s a smart choice for parents of young musicians.

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Entry Kentry | Easy Piano Sheet Music

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Lyrics for ‘Entry Kentry’

Entry, kentry, cutry, corn,
Apple seed and apple thorn.
Wire, briar, limber lock,
Three geese in a flock.
One flew east,
One flew west,
One flew over the cuckoos nest.

Need help learning your note names?

Most beginning piano students are still working on their note names, rhythmic values, and music terms, so I’m including a few links to helpful music theory worksheets, games, and flashcards. All of them are printable resources, and a few of them are free.

Color That Note! | Free Note Name Worksheet | Bass Clef – C Position
Let’s Crossword | Free Treble Clef Note Name Worksheet
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For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow | Free Easy Piano Sheet Music

For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow is a popular congratulatory song used to celebrate important events such as birthdays, promotions, wedding anniversaries, the birth of a child, or winning the championship at a sporting event. The song is said to be one of the most well-known English songs according to Guinness World Records, second only to Happy Birthday and Auld Lang Syne which share the top spot.

The music of the song dates as far back as the 18th century and was originally used in the popular French folk song “Marlbrough s’en va-t-en guerre” (“Marlborough Has Left for the War”). The same tune is used in another classic children’s song The Bear Went Over the Mountain.

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For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow | Easy Piano Sheet Music

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Lyrics for ‘For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow

[British version]
For he’s a jolly good fellow,
for he’s a jolly good fellow
For he’s a jolly good fellow(pause),
and so say all of us

And so say all of us,
and so say all of us.

For he’s a jolly good fellow,
for he’s a jolly good fellow
For he’s a jolly good fellow (pause),
and so say all of us!

[American version]
For he’s a jolly good fellow,
for he’s a jolly good fellow
For he’s a jolly good fellow (pause),
which nobody can deny

Which nobody can deny,
which nobody can deny.

For he’s a jolly good fellow,
for he’s a jolly good fellow
For he’s a jolly good fellow (pause),
which nobody can deny!

Need help learning your note names?

Most beginning piano students are still working on their note names, rhythmic values, and music terms, so I’m including a few links to helpful music theory worksheets, games, and flashcards. All of them are printable resources, and a few of them are free.

I Thought That I Was Crazy | Free Bass Clef Note Name Worksheet
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